Well, I have got the Rover 218 TD, changed the cam belt, oil and filter as
prescribed and driven it around 100 miles, thanks to everyone who helped me
making the decision.
I put in 20 liters of fuel and after 160 miles I found that the fuel gauge
is nearly at the same place as it was (more of a guess). As I have heard
some horror stories about empty diesel tanks, I am afraid to take the risk
of testing it till end (BTW, is there any light for low fuel warning ?).
This whole mileage was entirely on short city driving.
My question, is this the type of mileage I am supposed to get or is there a
particular way of driving turbo diesels ? Can someone please elaborate the
diesel way of driving ?
I'm not sure that there really is a way of driving turbo diesels. I know my
Xantia is a bit more rev conscious than my old non -turbo BX which you could
stick in top and drive all day. Depends what you are trying to do, maximise
economy or performance. I find that driving gently i.e. not maximum
acceleration and keeping the speed to the speed limits certainly improves
the mpg but then that's standard anyway.
You'll probably need to do a few more tankfuls to get a good estimate of
but from experience of the 1.9 Pug TD, you shouldn't be able to do worse
on short city driving unless you're spending oodles of time at idle.
With a TD, you can't just plonk your foot on the floor and expect it to do
you need to 'feed in' with the loud pedal. If the revs are less than
about 2100, then don't
expect much, but a steady ingrease of the accelerator above this will
make progress easier
on clearer roads. If you need a bit of poke, drop a gear. If not, keep the
revs low enough to
not excite the turbo too much, but high enough not to shake your fillings
loose - same as a petrol, really,
but don't forget that you can't drop and rev to 6500prm........well, you
can, but only once.
 Originally a typo, but appropriate to diesels!
That's about 36 mpg, which isn't too bad for city driving, although you
might get a bit more with practice. The equivalent petrol car would struggle
to average 30 in the same conditions (check the "urban" fuel consumption
As others have said, you need to establish where the "power band" is and
make use of it. Below that it will trundle around happily enough but have
very little grunt, above that it will rapidly run out of breath.
If you're used to driving a 16v petrol car and giving it some revs it takes
getting used to.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." (William
Don't chase the power, but feed the torque.
Tom's come up with some good points, and there's a nerdy article on my site
about fuel consumption and turbodiesels' "turbo sweet spot" for long haul
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